Doctor Riva Ariella Ritvo is a clinician and a biomedical researcher specializing in children and adults with Asperger's and Autistic Disorders. She was the director of the Ritvo Clinic and is clinical instructor at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Riva Ariella Ritvo was a part of a team specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders for over two decades. She advocated for families with children on the spectrum and designed home and school intervention programs. She is an occupational therapist with a PhD in psychology with extensive education in the neurosciences. In 2005 Dr. Ritvo developed a diagnostic system for adults with Asperger's Disorder—The RAADS. In 2007, Dr. Ritvo revised the RAADS and completed a validation multicenter international study (see RAADS–R). Additionally, Dr. Ritvo advocates and supports the development and implementation of psychosocial programs for pediatric oncology patients and their families.
Dr. Riva Ariella Ritvo has given numerous lectures internationally about autism and Asperger's Disorder and has been a consultant on several books and TV movies. She published papers on clinical characteristics of adults with autism, melatonin variations, and cognitive stability of autistic children. Most recently, Dr. Ritvo published her initial version of the RAADS (see PDF links – JADD and Comprehensive Psychiatry articles). Preliminary results look promising. The initial data on the RAADS has been published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Riva Ariella Ritvo has many neurodiverse friends who have taught her that there is more than one acceptable way to view life and its people.
Edward R. Ritvo MD is an internationally recognized medical expert, researcher and pioneer in the field of autism and Asperger's Disorder and co-author of the official diagnostic criteria in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). Much of what is known about these disorders today is based on his painstaking research and groundbreaking discoveries. He continues to work in both research and clinical practice with Dr. Ariella Ritvo. Most recently, he joined her in developing a new diagnostic scale for adults with Asperger's Disorder. He is a co principal investigator in the international multi-center standardization of the revised RAADS (see RAADS–R).
Victoria Ritvo (Torrie) is the occupational therapy Program Director at Manhattan Children's Center in New York. She has extensive training and expertise in designing and implementing Special Education programs for children and adolescents with learning disabilities, Autism and Asperger's Disorder. She is a provider of direct services such as behavior therapy, tutoring, educational services and sensory stimulation techniques. Torrie graduated from USC with a degree in occupational therapy and a minor in psychology. She is a registered Occupational Therapist and licensed in New York State. Ms. Ritvo also serves as an IEP consultant to families. Victoria sees children with autism spectrum disorders privately and is active in clinical research.
Skye Ritvo graduated from Brandies University with honors. She majored in fine arts and minored in psychology. While pursuing graduate education in occupational therapy, Skye has been an ABA therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Max is attending Yale University. This year he is in the Directed Studies Program.
Max graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. During middle and high school, he facilitated social skills training groups and has many friends who are neurodiverse. Max is a great resource for the adolescents on the spectrum. He is able to speak their language and they are comfortable sharing their interests and corresponding with him.
Max is a co–investigator on the international multi–center RAADS–R study. He was a co–investigator and co–author on the published RAADS articles in JADD and Comprehensive Psychiatry journals.
Max is a cancer survivor and is actively participating in advocating for cancer research and treatments. Additionally he is actively advocating for psychosocial programs for pediatric oncology patients.